This project installs solar-powered water systems to ensure the supply of safe drinking water for domestic use and irrigation of agricultural land in two rural villages in the Ambanja District of the Diana Region of Madagascar.
As in all rural areas of Madagascar, the District of Ambanja is characterised by poor access to drinking water - with only 5% of the population having easy and direct access to water. In the project area most water is supplied by means of hand-pulleys from unprotected and shallow wells. And there are many health problems linked to the use of unprotected water sources and unsafe water usage.
The main purpose of this project is to improve the hygiene, social and economic conditions of the local populations by providing proper and safe water management. The project also reduces CO2 emissions through reduced wood combustion used for water boiling for purification purposes. Furthermore, the project raises awareness regarding the use of renewable energy.
The project activity is developed by Italian NGO ZOE Organisation, in collaboration with the Italian based entity Carbonsink and the local partner ADAPS (Association pour le Développement de l’Agriculture et du Paysannat du Sambirano).
Project impacts and benefits:
- Ensures easy access to clean and safe water for families;
- Provides sufficient and free water for irrigation of agricultural land and for watering animals, contributing to the development of the local subsistence economy;
- Reduces adverse health effects associated with unsafe water usage;
- Reduces amount of wood used for boiling water and thus time spent collecting it;
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of wood for purifying the drinking water;
- Raises awareness among population regarding the use of renewable energy.
Besides reducing GHG emission in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 13 (Climate Action), this project also contributes to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
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